PRONUNCIATION: KOO-bill-ahss TRANSLATION: The tub SOURCE: Dick Oakes learned this dance from Vyts Beliajus, a Lithuanian immigrant who has been called the "Father of Folk Dancing in the United States," who introduced this dance in America. BACKGROUND: "A tub filled with choice vegetable is placed in the center and the harvesters perform a dance expressing joy over a bountiful harvest." --From Folkraft LP-35 jacket notes.
Among the Lithuanians living outside Lithuania, Kūbilas enjoys great popularity.
MUSIC: Folkraft (LP) LP-35, "Viltis Lithuanian Folk Dances," side B, band 3. FORMATION: Single cir of cpls, W on M R, in a back-basket ("B" pos), also known as a "Back Chair" pos. METER/RHYTHM: 2/4 STEPS/STYLE: GALLOP STEP: Step R swd (ct 1); pause (ct &); close L to R, momentarily taking wt (ct uh); quickly step R swd (ct 2); pause (ct &); close L to R, momentarily taking wt (ct uh).
JUMP-PAUSE: Jump to both ft in place (ct 1); pause (ct 2).
MEAS MOVEMENT DESCRIPTION INTRODUCTION None. I. GALLOP CCW, JUMP-PAUSE, CPL TURN, JUMP-PAUSE 1-7 Dance 14 Gallop Steps swd to R; 8 Dance 1 Jump-Pause; 9-11 Releasing hands between cpls so that ptrs are in Open Dance pos, dance 6 Gallop Steps, M fwd and W bwd, each cpl revolving CW in place; 12 Releasing ptr, dance 1 Jump-Pause with M turning CW to face ptr with back to ctr on ct 1 and grasping neighboring M shldrs with arms extended in "T" pos on ct 2. NOTE: There is now a cir of M in "T" pos facing and a cir of individual W outside the M, both cir facing ctr. II. GALLOP CW/CCW, JUMP-PAUSE, GALLOP CW/CCW, JUMP-PAUSE 1-8 MEN: With backs to ctr in "T" pos, M dance 14 Gallop Steps CW swd to R and 1 Jump-Pause;
WOMEN: Facing ctr with L hand raised and R handholding skirt, dance 14 Gallop Steps CCW swd to R and dance a Jump-Pause;
9-11 Continue dancing 6 more Gallop Steps in same dir to end near ptr; 12 M release shldr hold and, turning 1/2 R to face ptr, dance 1 Jump-Pause. III. CPL TURN, JUMP-PAUSE, CPL TURN, JUMP-PAUSE 1-4 Joining both hands with ptr, W L in M R, W R in M L, with R shldrs adjacent and leaning away from each other, turn CW in place with 8 Gallop Steps; 5-8 Continue with 6 more Gallop Steps and 1 Jump-Pause, pulling bwd away from ptr on the jump; 9-12 Repeat action of meas 5-8. IV. GALLOP STEPS CCW; W AROUND M 1-8 Facing ptr with M back to ctr, M R hand on W L waist and R arm curved overhead, W L hand on M R shldr and R handholding skirt, dance 14 Gallop Steps CCW to M L in LOD and 1 Jump-Pause; 9-12 Releasing ptr, M clap own hands 8 times while W raise curved arms overhead and walk 8 steps CW one-and-one-half times around ptr to end facing ctr in inside cir while M turn CW to face ctr in outside cir. V. GALLOP CCW/CW, JUMP-PAUSE 1-8 M join hands with neighbors, stretching their cir as wide as possible, while W grasp neighbors' shldrs in "T" pos, and both cir dance 14 Gallop Steps, M CW to L in RLOD and W CCW to R in LOD; 9-11 Continuing in same dir, all dance 6 more Gallop Steps to end near ptr; 12 W release shldr hold and all Jump-Pause as W turn to ptr. VI. GALLOP CW, JUMP-PAUSE, OPEN LINE, BOW 1-7 Dance 14 Gallop Steps swd to L; 8 Dance 1 Jump-Pause; 9-11 Break the cir on the side closest to the audience and open line with walking steps; 12 Dance 1 Jump-Pause, bowing on the pause.
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